Director, Office of Standards Regulations and Variances

Arlington, Virginia
Jan 08, 2022
Jan 16, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

The incumbent serves as the principal advisor to the Assistant Secretary, senior DOL and MSHA officials, and other interested groups on all aspects of the formal development, issuance, promulgation, and documentation of mine safety and health standards and regulations; and, the evaluation of technical data, public comment and research results; the intergovernmental economic and environmental impact of standards and regulations.

The Director establishes in consultation with the Assistant Secretary, a regulatory plan and identifies research and data needs to support the rulemaking activities. Sets priorities for the development and issuance of standards and regulations. Coordinates a calendar­ based strategy (e.g., 6 months, 1 year, 2 years) to identify new and recurring health and safety hazards in the mine environment that may require regulatory action.

The incumbent develops recommendations on whether the regulations should be issued and/or revised and prepares regulatory analyses. Obtains the Assistant Secretary's clearance and keeps the Assistant Secretary, Deputy Assistant Secretary, and Solicitor aware of problems.

He/She directs and oversees MSHA's standards setting program, including preparation of risk assessments, regulatory text, regulatory and economic impact analyses, advanced notices of proposed rulemaking, hearing notices, and final rules; maintenance of the public record; coordination of public hearings; and, establishing criteria to be used in developing standards and regulations.


Conditions of Employment

  • Appointment to this position may require a background investigation.
  • Subject to financial disclosure requirements.
  • Requires a probationary period if the requirement has not been met.
  • Must meet Mandatory Technical and Executive Core Qualifications.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen.

You must have one year of specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular subject-matter knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform the job. Typically, we would find this experience in work within the field or a field that is closely related. Your resume must demonstrate possession of specialized experience in the described duties.


Candidates must possess technical and management experience and have developed the knowledge and skills required for effective performance of the specific duties of the position. Candidates must have had experience at a major management level (normally equivalent to the GS-15 level in the Federal service). All applications MUST separately address each of the Executive Core Qualifications and the Mandatory Technical Qualifications when applying on line. Responses to ECQs must not exceed 10 pages. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Qualifications located at: Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.


1. Leading Change: This core qualification involves the ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment.
2. Leading People: This core qualification involves the ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts.
3. Results Driven: This core qualification involves the ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks.
4. Business Acumen: This core qualification involves the ability to manage human, financial, and information resources strategically.
5. Building Coalitions: This core qualification involves the ability to build coalitions internally and with other Federal agencies, state and local governments, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. For additional guidance, applicants may visit the Office Of Personnel Management's Guide to Senior Executive Service Qualifications located at Applicants are encouraged to follow the Challenge, Context, Action, and Result model outlined in the guide.

MANDATORY TECHNICAL QUALIFICATIONS (MTQs): In writing your narrative responses to the MTQs, please give examples and explain how often you used your skills, the complexity of the knowledge possessed, the level of people you interacted with, the sensitivity of the issues you handled, etc. APPLICANTS SHOULD LIMIT THEIR RESPONSES TO ONE (1) SINGLE SPACED PAGE PER EACH MTQ WITH THE FONT SIZE NO SMALLER THAN POINT 12. It is recommended that applicants draft their MTQs in a Word document first, then cut and paste into the spaces provided following each MTQ to ensure length requirements.

1. Knowledge of the interrelationships of Federal programs with State and local Government programs.

2. Experience in monitoring and evaluating occupational safety and health performance including mining.

3. Extensive background in developing and recommending safety and health, and related regulatory activities and procedures.


This position does not have an education requirement.

Additional information

Proof of Citizenship: Prior to entry on duty, persons selected for employment with the Department of Labor who are not current DOL employees will be required to provide proof of citizenship in the form of a passport, birth certificate or other approved documentation.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Notification Concerning COVID-19 Vaccinations. As required by Executive Order 14043 , Federal executive branch employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination before appointment or onboarding with the agency. The agency will provide additional information regarding which forms of documentation can be accepted and how you can request a legally required exception from this requirement.